Research in the Department of Physiology emphasizes quantitative studies of the nervous system. Our research spans the full spectrum of investigation into neural function and dysfunction, bridging the levels of genes, molecules, dendrites, axons, cell types, circuits, systems, and behavior. Approaches used are richly diverse and include biophysics, viral transfection, optogenetics, electrophysiology, morphological reconstruction, multiphoton imaging, in vivo recordings, behavioral paradigms, neuroprosthetics, computational analysis, and more. Common threads in our richly diverse research programs are multi-level, interdisciplinary, innovative, and highly collaborative approaches to pursuing high-impact neuroscience research. A wide range of model organisms, cell types, and neural systems are well represented. Many different disease models are studied. For trainees the department's resources offer an exceptionally vibrant and exciting learning environment.
Learn more about the subdisciplines of focus in our research:
- Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience
Exploring the brain and nervous system on the most fundamental level
- Brain/Machine Interfaces
Creating direct communication pathways between the brain and an external device
- Computational Neuroscience
Studying the way the brain processes information
- Systems Neuroscience
Studying information flow throughout the nervous system
See our Education section for more information on our work with undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral staff.